Day At The Track

Longshots were in vogue for feature trots

12:04 AM 03 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Spunky Jack, trained by Steve LeBlanc Ideal Revenue
Spunky Jack, trained by Steve LeBlanc
Ideal Revenue

Dover, Del--- Longshots were in vogue for feature trots on New Year's Day at Dover Downs as Spunky Jack used the passing lane to win the $20,000 Open in a four-horse photo while Ideal Revenue stormed the outside to win a $14,500 trot on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Corey Callahan drove four winners.

While Awsome Valley cut out the fractions from the start until the final step fighting off competition from mid backstretch until Roger Plante scooted Spunky Jack along the passing lane to get up for a 1:56.2 victory. Owned by Walt Callam, Spunky Jack, trained by Steve LeBlanc, was overlooked at 13-1 despite winning his previous start. It was the 13th career win for the now five-year-old altered son of Super Pink-My Embrace. Awsome Valley (Tony Morgan) finished a valiant second with Mandabra (Corey Callahan), making his first start since last July, edging good closing Enrico AS (Allan Davis) for third.

One race later, Mike Rossi pulled Ideal Revenue off the rail in mid-stretch and flew past the early leaders to score an easy 1:55 triumph, a lifetime best, in the sub-feature trot. The Revenue D-New Ideal gelding, owned by Carol and trainer Jim Atkinson, was followed by Jailhouse Juice (Toby Lynch) and early leader Lock Tight (Corey Callahan). Dnieper (Daryl Bier) was a strong finishing fourth.

Meet leading driver Corey Callahan got off to another fast start driving four winners. In addition to a 53-1 winning drive, Mike Rossi also brought in a 27-1 shot, Check Dons Pulse in the 15th race for his second win.

First post on weekdays, Monday through Thursday, is 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are dark days. Sunday racing begins at 5:30 p.m.

There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. To dine in the Winner's Circle restaurant, call 302-674-4600 for reservations.

Marv Bachrad


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